KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Brad Guzan started in net for Middlesbrough as they beat Lynden Gooch and Sunderland in another quiet weekend for most of the Americans in England.
Middlesbrough 2 - 1 Sunderland
Two goals from Cristhian Stuani were enough to help Middlesbrough win the first half of the Wear-Tees derby on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.
Guzan got his first start of the season between the sticks for Boro, while Gooch, who played in his debut last week for the Black Cats, earned another start in the midfield.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Stuani collected a pass from Alvaro Negredo and sent a blistering shot from just outside the box past Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone to give Middlesbrough the early lead.
Sunderland are currently playing with a depleted side due to injuries to a few key players and a lack of investment in the transfer market, and it showed at the stroke of half time when Stuani scored his second goal of the game. An excellent reverse pass from Adam Forshaw found Negredo in the box and the Spaniard passed it over to an unmarked Stuani, who had no problem burying the ball in the back of the net.
The home side would try to work their way back into the game in the second half and nearly cut Middlesbrough's lead when a shot from Patrick van Aanholt from the left was tipped away by Guzan.
However, Sunderland would find the goal they were looking for in the 71st minute when Duncan Watmore's shot from outside the box was bobbled by Guzan, allowing van Aanholt to put away the rebound.
Despite the Black Cats' efforts to find the equalizer, Middlesbrough walked away with the three points.
Middlesbrough currently sit in sixth place in the standings with four points, while Sunderland lie in 18th place and hope to collect their first points of the season next weekend.
Geoff Cameron watched from the bench as Stoke City were on the receiving end of a 4-1 thrashing by Manchester City.
Cameron Carter-Vickers was on the bench as Tottenham earned a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Gedion Zelalem did not dress as Arsenal's game with Leicester City ended 0-0.
Jonathan Spector started and saw 72 minutes of action as Birmingham City were beaten 3-1 by Wolves.
Eric Lichaj came on for Nottingham Forest in the 39th minute in the team's 4-3 win over Wigan Athletic.
Danny Williams started in midfield as Reading played Brighton to a 2-2 tie.
Tim Ream watched from the bench as Fulham's game with Cardiff City ended 2-2.
Gboly Ariyibi started for Chesterfield in their 2-1 loss to Shrewsbury Town.
Duane Holmes started but only played 32 minutes as Scunthorpe United thrashed Gillingham 5-0.